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  • Ellicott City, Md.–The Northeast Window & Door Association learned about ways to control costs in the factory and in the legal arena at its summer meeting here last week. Steve Chen of Crystal Window & Door Systems offered a first-hand account of how "green" steps at his company's operations have saved money, and attorney Chip Gentry urged manufacturers to... more »
  • Graham Partners, a private investment firm, has acquired Chelsea Building Products from the Tessenderlo Group. Chelsea, based in Oakmont, Pa., designs and extrudes of vinyl window and door profiles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Newtown Square, Pa., Graham Partners manages approximately $1.5 billion in investments, focusing on middle-market companies. The firm's... more »
  • Konrad Hornschuch AG, a German supplier of decorative laminates, is stepping up efforts to target the U.S. window and door market following the 2010 acquisition of O’Sullivan Films Inc., based in Winchester, Va., last year.  Dating back to 1898, Hornschuch provides "surface solutions" to the automotive, furniture, upholstery, and window industries. The company has... more »
  • Masonite International Corp. plans to invest $14 million in a next-generation automated interior door production line and infrastructure at its Denmark, S.C., plant in Bamberg County. The South Carolina facility manufactures residential interior doors for its Southeast customers, including the Florida market. The company currently operates a 175,000-square-foot plant, but with the new investment... more »
  • A national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills was launched today by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ad Council. Created pro bono by Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M, the public service advertisements direct homeowners to the Energy Savers website, where they can find tools and information to help them make their homes more efficient. The... more »
  • Quanex Building Products Corp.'s online resource for made-to-order window and door replacement screens and grilles, ScreenItAgain.com, has been selected by Sun Windows Inc. to provide replacement window screens for its products. “Sun Windows Inc. is excited about the opportunity to best serve our end users through this new innovative and intuitive website for replacement screen products,... more »
  • Phoenix-based window and door manufacturer Western Window Systems recently launched a new website, www.westernwindowsystems.com, designed to provide user friendly navigation through the company's array of product lines and project types. It also includes product section details, elevations, and other features for the architectural community. “We pride ourselves on building some of the... more »
  • Following up on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approval of a bill which would “defund” the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting activities, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association is urging legislative leaders to continue to examine the $1.5 billion LRRP and amendment rules, and to contemplate the impact of these rules on... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will not add additional clearance testing requirements to the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.  "After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance... more »
  • Apex Energy Solutions, a dealer offering windows and other building products, recently opened a new national headquarters, said to be the first building in Indiana built to 2011 LEED specifications. Dubbed the “Living Showroom,” the facility combines a remodeled 1924 home with a 4,200-square foot expansion that includes a state-of-the-art media room, 10 new offices and an expanded... more »